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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2017, Article ID 8605313, 3 pages
Case Report

Adhesive-Enhanced Sternal Closure: Feasibility and Safety of Late Sternal Reentry

1Section of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Sciences, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
2Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Oncology, The University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Correspondence should be addressed to Paul W. M. Fedak; moc.liamg@kadef.luap

Received 14 March 2017; Accepted 26 April 2017; Published 29 May 2017

Academic Editor: Michael Gorlitzer

Copyright © 2017 Aaron J. Spooner et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This clinical case report describes sternal reentry performed years after adhesive-enhanced sternal closure using Kryptonite bone cement. This report provides novel data on the late effects of this innovation. We observed that sternal reentry is feasible and safe. The adhesive did not weaken from biodegradation over a period of several years. There was no evidence of adherence to adjacent soft tissues or other nonbony deep mediastinal structures. Surgeons who receive patients who require redoing cardiac surgery after adhesive-enhanced closure with Kryptonite can be reassured that sternal reentry is safe and feasible.